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Lemon Mint Pasta

One afternoon (about five or six years ago) when the kitchen was a bit bare because I hadn’t gone grocery shopping, I was rummaging through the kitchen trying to figure out what I could make.  I created a dish that was pretty tasty but didn’t write down measurements…. because I couldn’t.  I threw it all together without thinking about how much of what I was putting where.  I sound like Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First?” act.

Oh, how I digress.  Anyhoo, because my husband liked the dish so much I ended up writing down the ingredients on a small piece of paper and filing it in the recipe binder.  Over the years I’ve pulled out the tiny slip of paper and made this recipe multiple times, again without writing down the measurements.  Well my friends (especially to my mother-in-law who loves this dish), I’m here to say I’ve finally done it!  Over the weekend I re-created it with actual measurements anyone can follow.  Woo hoo!


1/2 package angel hair pasta, cooked al dente
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
4 cups shredded zucchini
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped or minced
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
the juice of 2 lemons
2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
whole mint leaves for garnish

Cook the pasta and toast the pine nuts.  (Of course I’d make them toastier than usual when they’ll be on the blog.)  Combine the pasta and pine nuts in a serving bowl and set aside.

 Prepare the zucchini, onion, garlic, and mint to be chopped, diced, minced, etc. (Don’t ask me why the pasta box is in the picture.)

 Place 1 tbsp. of olive oil in pan and saute onion about 1 min.  Add garlic, saute 1-2 min.  Add zucchini until al dente, 2-3 min.  Salt & pepper to taste.

Place mixture and chopped mint in serving bowl.

 I toss it a bit before putting in the remaining ingredients.

 Add the remaining 1-1/2 tbsp. olive oil, the juice of 2 lemons, parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper to taste.  Toss together.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

 This dish takes about 30 minutes and serves 8.

printable recipe card

 Hope you enjoy!!!





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Driveway Side Yard Update

It’s Friiiidaaaay and I’m showing you a quick update on our side yard project (I have to get back out there and help the hubby)!  If you remember about a month ago I showed you the design for the area and the arbor we built using doors.  Next on the list is building the decorative fence.  Since we love to re-purpose items to be kinder to the Earth, we decided to pick up some free pallets to make our picket fence.

 In order to build the fence, the pallets had to be deconstructed first.  The hubby tried to pull all the nails by hand.

He threw that idea out the window in a matter of minutes and out came the ‘saws all.’

Although the nail heads were left in using this method, they swiftly disappeared after cutting the boards to size.

You’ll notice some nails in the middle of the boards.  This doesn’t bother us as the boards will be painted and plantings will cover that area of the boards as well.  It’s magic (and a lot less work for us).

Next, all the boards were ripped in half.  We picked up 5 pallets not knowing how many ‘pickets’ we’d need.  After doing all our calculations, turns out we need 92 boards.  The five pallets are giving us exactly 92 boards (after ripping in half).  Woo hoo!

After a couple of half days of work, here’s all the boards cut and ready to be assembled into our picket fence!  I can’t wait!!

This weekend we’re working on building the fence in place and hopefully painting it as well.  Wish us luck that everything will run smoothly!  Famous last words, right?

Enjoy the weekend!

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